Lectures & Books to Share

Economics

Literature

    • American Literature I: Beginnings to Civil War - iTunesYouTube- Web Site – Cyrus Patell, NYU
    • Cervantes’ Don Quixote iTunes VideoiTunes AudioYouTubeWeb Site – Roberto González Echevarría, Yale
    • Existentialism in Literature & Film - iTunes – Hubert Dreyfus, UC Berkeley
    • Introduction to Pre-Modern Japanese Literature and CultureiTunes Audio – John Wallace, UC Berkeley
For more

    • Introduction to Theory of LiteratureiTunesYouTubeDownload Course – Paul H. Fry, Yale
    • Invitation to World LiteratureWeb Site - David Damrosch, Harvard
    • Literature in English: Late-17th to Mid-19th Century - iTunes – Charles Altieri, UC Berkeley
    • MiltonYouTubeiTunes Audio - iTunes VideoDownload Course – John Rogers, Yale
    • Modern Poetry - YouTube – iTunes – Download Course – Langdon Hammer, Yale
    • Not Shakespeare: Elizabethan and Jacobean Popular TheatreiTunes – Oxford
    • Old English in Context - iTunes – Stuart Lee, Oxford University
    • Shakespeare - iTunes – Charles Altieri, UC Berkeley
    • Shakespeare After All: The Later PlaysMultiple Formats – Marjorie Garber, Harvard
    • The American Novel Since 1945YouTubeiTunes AudioiTunes VideoDownload Course – Amy Hungerford, Yale
    • The Literature of CrisisiTunes – Marsh McCall & Martin Evans, Stanford
    • Virgil’s Aeneid: Anatomy of a ClassiciTunes – Susanna Braund, Stanford


Philosophy

  • A Romp through Ethics for Complete Beginners - iTunes VideoWeb Video - Marianne Talbot, Oxford University
  • Aesthetics & Philosophy of Art – iTunesWeb – James Grant, Oxford University
  • Ancient PhilosophyiTunes – David Ebrey, UC Berkeley
  • DeathYouTubeiTunes AudioiTunes Video –  Download Course – Shelly Kagan, Yale
  • Existentialism in Literature & FilmiTunes – Hubert Dreyfus, UC Berkeley
  • Hegel: The Philosophy of HistoryWeb Site – Leo Strauss, U Chicago
  • Heidegger: Being and Time - Sean Dorrance Kelly – Harvard - RSS FeedWeb Site
  • KantWeb Site – Leo Strauss, U Chicago
  • Kant’s Critique of Pure ReasoniTunes VideoiTunes AudioVideo/Audio on Web – Dan Robinson, Oxford
  • Montesquieu’s The Spirit of the Laws (1966)Web Site – Leo Strauss, U Chicago
  • Morality and Modernity - Web Video – David Solomon, Notre Dame
  • Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil - Web Site – Leo Strauss, U Chicago
  • Plato: GorgiasWeb Site – Leo Strauss, U Chicago.
  • Plato: LawsWeb Site - Leo Strauss, U Chicago.
  • Proust & PhilosophyFeed – Johns Hopkins
  • ThucydidesWeb Site - Leo Strauss, U Chicago
  • Truth & Subjectivity/The Culture Of The SelfWeb Site – Michel Foucault, UC Berkeley
  • Vico: Seminar in Political PhilosophyWeb Site – Leo Strauss, U Chicago
 

Audio books, Poetry reading

  • Audiobooks with Annie iTunesFeedWeb Site
  • Audio Literature Odyssey iTunesFeedWeb Site
    • A collection of classics. Henry James, Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, etc.
  • BMW Audio Books Web Site
    • Here you’ll find four short stories issued by BMW and Random House.
For more
  • Chris Anderson Free: The Future of a Radical Price Zip File
  • Classic Poetry Aloud iTunesFeedWeb Site
    • These poetry podcasts provide readings of the great poems of the past.
  • Classic Tales Podcast iTunesFeedWeb Site
    • The whole point is to make unabridged classics not only available, but approachable.
  • Crimewav.com iTunesFeedWeb Site
    • Podcasts that bring quality crime stories to an audience worldwide. Produced by crime writer Seth Harwood.
  • Escapepod iTunesFeedWeb Site
    • Collections of well-reviewed audio short stories.
  • FreeAudio.org Web Site
    • Audio versions of key texts from American history.
  • Great Books – A Chapter a Day iTunesWeb Site
  • Great Speeches in History iTunesFeedWeb Site
  • JC Hutchins iTunes Feed Web Site
    • The author of the 7th Son Trilogy has made available more than 200 hours of audio and video stories and interviews, all of which are available for free download.
  • Kara’s Free AudioBooks iTunesFeedWeb Site
  • Learn OutLoud.com
  • Haverford College – Classic/Ancient Text Read Aloud iTunesWeb Site (see site for feeds)
  • Internet Archive
    • Listen to free audio books and poetry recordings courtesy of the Internet Archive.
  • Lawrence Lessig’s Free Culture
  • Lit2Go iTunesWeb Site
    • An extensive collection of free audiobooks provided by the University of Southern Florida.
  • Literal Systems
    • Free classic books for your listening pleasure.
  • Miette’s Bedtime Stories iTunesFeedWeb Site
  • Litterature Audio
  • Naropa Poetics Audio Archives
    • Hosts audio recordings of the Beats — Kerouac, Burroughs, Ginsberg and more.
  • The Penguin Podcast
    • Excerpts read from books newly published by Penguin UK.
  • Podiobooks
    • Provides podcasts of largely sci-fi books that we’ve never heard of before. But, you never know.
  • Podlit Classic Literature iTunesWeb Site
    • A new classic short story each week.
  • Poetry Aloud
    • A Directory of Poetry Readings on the Internet
  • Pseudopod iTunesFeedWeb Site
    • The world’s first audio horror magazine
  • Radioboeken iTunesFeedWeb Site
    • “Radiobooks” are just like books, but they will never be printed. They are created by important Dutch and Flemish writers, and will be available in French, English and Spanish versions in 2007.
  • Scott Sigler’s Audiobooks iTunesFeedWeb Site
    • Very well reviewed sci-fi horror works
  • Stories to Go iTunesFeedWeb Site
  • Stranger Things iTunesFeedWeb Site
    • This high-quality video podcast features stories of ordinary people stumbling into strange worlds (a la The Twilight Zone).
  • The Classic Tales Podcast iTunesFeedWeb Site
    • The Classic Tales Podcast makes unabridged classics not only available, but approachable. Includes professional performances.
  • The Public Domain Podcast iTunesFeedWeb Site
  • The Spoken Alexandria Project iTunesFeedWeb Site
  • The Time Traveler iTunesFeedWeb Site
    • Explores vintage American fiction. Orson Welles, Philip K. Dick, etc.
  • The Twilight Series
  • Utopod iTunesFeedWeb Site
    • A free French-language podcast, created by Lucas Moreno and and Marc Tiefenauer, that offers readings of fantasy and sci fi stories written by noted authors across the Francophone world.
  • Well Told Tales iTunesFeedWeb Site
    • Pulp fiction audio tales….!!!



 

Interviews of great novelists and thinkers

  • Auster, PaulAudio – Reads from his novel Book of Illusions at The University of Pennsylvania.
  • Allen, WoodyVideo– The neurotic New York filmmaker hosts the Reverend Billy Graham in an unlikely conversation. Mass.
  • Baez, Joan - Video – One of our great folk singers filmed in 1958, when only 17, playing at Club 47 in Cambridge,
  • Bass, Saul - Video – Iconic designer on money, quality work & his creative legacy.
  • Bradbury, Ray - Video – The author of Fahrenheit 451 talks about why literature is the safety valve of all civilization.
  • Brando, Marlon - Video – Talks about Civil Rights with James Baldwin, Harry Belafonte, Charlton Heston, Joseph L. Mankiewicz and Sidney Poitier.
  • Brando, Marlon - Video – A 23 year old Brando screen tests for an early and eventually abandoned version of Rebel Without a Cause. 1947.
  • Bloom, Harold - Audio – The esteemed Yale literary critic talks in interview about the Ghastly Decline of the Humanities and Obama’s poetry.
  • BonoVideo – Lead singer of U2/philanthropist tells UPenn graduates “To pick a fight, Get in it.” (2004)
  • Botton, Alain de - Video – A 38 minute look at why pessimism could be a useful approach to living life, from one of the best popularizers of philosophy.
  • Bowie, David - Video – Sings “Little Drummer Boy” with Bing Crosby in 1977. Unexpected pairing.
  • Boyle T. CoraghessanAudio – Reads the short story “Bullet in the Brain” by Tobias Wolff.
  • Buckley, William F. - Video – Conservative doyen William F. Buckley says he flogged himself to get through Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged.
  • Buckley, William F.Video – Threatens to smash Noam Chomsky in the face. 1969.
  • Burroughs, William S. - Video – The great beat writer, 81 years old in this video, resists literary convention and shoots Shakespeare.
  • Burroughs, William S.Video – The creator of experimental novels demonstrates his art of cut-up writing.
  • Capote, TrumanAudio – Reads from his 1958 novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
For more

  • Chomsky, NoamAudio/Video – A vast media collection focused on Chomsky and his views on political issues.
  • Chomsky, Noam - Video – The MIT prof talks linguistics with Ali G. Good for a big laugh.
  • Clapton, EricVideo – Back in 1968, a young Eric Clapton explains the elements of his sound.
  • Clarke, Sir Arthur C.Video – The author predicts the future in 1964, and nails it.
  • Cohen, Leonard - Audio – Great singer/songwriter reads several poems and performs one song that would become an all-time classic. 1966.
  • Colbert, StephenVideo – The real Colbert dishes out wisdom & laughs at Northwestern graduation.
  • C0ltrane, John - Video – Trane performs “My Favorite Things,” literally and figuratively breathing new life into the soprano saxophone. 1961.
  • Conan Doyle, ArthurVideo – Revisits the backstory to Sherlock Holmes (1910).
  • Czikszentmihalyi, Mihaly - Video – The famed psychologist talks about creativity, flow and the source of happiness.
  • Dalai Lama - Video – The Tibetan spiritual leader offers an Introduction to Buddhism at Emory University.
  • Dali, Salvador - Video – Surrealist artist appears on “What’s My Line?” (1952)
  • Dali, SalvadorVideo – The surrealist artist gets surreal on a younger Mike Wallace. TV interview was recorded in 1958.
  • Davis, Miles - Video – Davis and John Coltrane playing a nice rendition of “So What,” the leadoff tune from Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue (1959).
  • Disney, Walt - Video – The father of Mickey Mouse introduces the “super cartoon camera” that revolutionized animation.
  • Dylan, BobVideo – Performs “The Times They Are A-Changin” at the White House.
  • Edison, ThomasAudio – The inventor recites “Mary Had a Little Lamb” in the late 1870s. One of the early recordings of the human voice.
  • Egan, Jennifer - Audio/Video – Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist in conversation with Laura Miller.
  • Einstein, Albert – Video – The great physicist gives a speech. The occasion is unknown.
  • Eliot, T.S. – Audio – Reads his 1922 poem, “The Waste Land,” considered a modernist masterpiece.
  • Eliot, T.S.Audio – Reads “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” accompanied by Portishead.
  • Faulkner, WilliamAudio – 28 hours of Faulkner recordings from the University of Virginia.
  • Faulkner, WilliamAudio – Reads from As I Lay Dying.
  • Fey, TinaVideo – SNL star and 30 Rock creator brings her Bossypants book tour to Google.
  • Feynman, RichardVideo – The Nobel Prize-winning physicist gives lectures at Cornell in 1964. Bill Gates posts them online.
  • Feynman, Richard - Video – The physicist hosts the BBC program Fun to Imagine, which uses physics to explain how the everyday world works. (1983)
  • Fitzgerald, F. Scott - Reads lines from Keats’ Ode to a Nightingale and Shakespeare’s Othello.
  • Ford, RichardAudio – The author of Independence Day reads “The Reunion” by John Cheever.
  • Franklin, Aretha - Video – An American treasure sings “My Country, Tis of Thee” at President Obama’s Inauguration.
  • Frankl, Victor - Video – Austrian psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor on Man’s Search for Meaning.
  • Franzen, JonathanAudio – One of America’s hottest writers reads “Love Trouble Is My Business” by Veronica Geng.
  • Friedman, MiltonVideo – Influential economist offers defense of capitalism and greed in 1979 on Phil Donahue Show.
  • Fry, StephenVideo – British writer and actor offers some pearls of wisdom in “What I Wish I Had Known When I Was 18.”
  • Fry, Stephen - Video – Gets animated about language.
  • Ginsberg, AllenVideo – Face to Face with Jeremy Isaacs in 1995.
  • Glass, Ira - Video – The host of This American Life talks about the art of storytelling.
  • Godard- Jean-Luc -Video – One of the driving forces behind La Nouvelle Vague cinema in conversation with Woody Allen.
  • Gould, GlennVideo – A young Gould plays Bach movingly.
  • Greenaway, Peter -Video – The film director presents a lecture ”Nine Classic Paintings Revisited” at UC Berkeley.
  • Havel, Václav - Audio – Speaks at Columbia; Revisits the Velvet Revolution.
  • Hawking, StephenAudio – The physicist tells us to abandon Earth or face extinction.
  • Hemingway, ErnestAudio – The great American novelist reads from his work “In Harry’s Bar in Venice.”
  • Hemingway, ErnestAudio – The novelist records his Nobel Prize acceptance speech from Havana, Cuba. 1954
  • Hendrix, Jimi - Video – Guitar hero plays Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in June, 1967, right after the album came out.
  • Henson, Jim - Video – The legendary puppeteer shows you how to make your own puppets. A 15 minute primer. (1969)
  • Hersh, Seymour - Video – The famed investigative journalist on Abu Ghraib, My Lai, and Beyond.
  • Herzog, WernerVideo – The great filmmaker in conversation with another one, Errol Morris. At Brandeis University, 2007.
  • Herzog, WernerAudio – Herzog in conversation with Cormac McCarthy. High point: Herzog reads a passage from McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses.
  • Hitchcock, AlfredAudio – Francois Truffaut, legendary French director, conducted 12 hours of interviews with Hitchcock in 1962.
  • Hitchcock, Alfred - Video – The director recalls working with Salvador Dali on Spellbound, and Dali’s memorable dream sequence.
  • Hitchcock, Alfred - Video – Rare interview conducted with the filmmaker by Tom Snyder in 1973.
  • Hitchens, Christopher - Video – The essayist/journalist/critic responds to Reddit user questions.
  • Hitchens, Christopher - Video – Revises the Ten Commandments.
  • Hitchens, Christopher - Video – A well known supporter of the Iraq War gets water boarded to decide whether it is torture or not.
  • Hitchens, Christopher - Video – Goes head to head with Dinesh D’Souza in a debate about religion/atheism.
  • Holiday, Billie - Video – The great jazz vocalist sings “Strange Fruit.” TIME called it the song of the century in 1999.
  • Holly, BuddyAudio – His first recording at age 12.
  • Hopkins, AnthonyVideo – The great actor is well versed in the work of fellow Welshman Dylan Thomas. Reads “Do not go gentle into that good night.”
  • Huston, John - Video – The filmmaker (The Maltese Falcon, The Asphalt Jungle) lives the good life in his Irish castle. 1966.
  • Irving, JohnVideo – The bestselling writer gives advice to aspiring novelists.
  • Jobs, SteveVideo – In one of our favorite graduation speeches, the Apple CEO tells Stanford students about his philosophy of life. Stay hungry, stay foolish.
  • Jones, James EarlVideo – Also reads Othello at White House Poetry Jam.
  • Joyce, JamesAudio – A rare audio recording of James Joyce reading from Finnegans Wake.
  • Joyce, James - Video – Rare footage of James in Paris during 1920s.
  • Jung, Carl -Video – The famous psychologist tells us why death is a fulfillment, rather than a negation, of life.
  • Karajan, Herbert von - Video – The conductor leads the Berlin Philharmonic through Beethoven’s masterpiece circa 1966.
  • Kerouac, JackVideo – Meets up with the infant terrible of the conservative movement, William F. Buckley. (1962)
  • Kerouac, Jack - Video – Reads from his generation-defining novel On the Road.
  • Kesey, KenAudio/Video – Animated video features audio from Kesey’s first acid trip at government sponsored research trial.
  • Kiefer, AnselmVideo – The German painter creates his world of ruination before your eyes.
  • Lacan, Jacques - Video – The psychoanalysis rock star gives a public lecture at The Catholic University of Louvain in 1972.
  • Lang, FritzVideo – Director Fritz Lang discusses violence in film.
  • Leary, Timothy - Video – The Harvard psychologist, LSD proponent gets interviewed from prison during the 1970s.
  • Lee, Bruce - Video – Martial arts star Bruce Lee auditions for The Green Hornet (1964).
  • Lennon, JohnAudio – Shortly after The Beatles broke up, John Lennon conducted a 3 hour interview with Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner.
  • Lennon, JohnVideo – The Beatle and Yoko Ono appear on The Dick Cavett Show in 1971.
  • Lennon, John -Video – Footage recaptures the “bed-ins” that John and Yoko famously staged in Montreal and Amsterdam in 1969 to protest the Vietnam War.
  • Lessing, Doris - Video – Reacts to winning the Nobel Prize in Literature.
  • Lévy, Bernard-HenriAudio/Video – France’s “rock-star philosopher” debates Slavoj Žižek, the Slovanian “Elvis of cultural theory.
  • Lynch, David - Video – The filmmaker interviews Paul McCartney. The subject? Meditation.
  • Lynch, David - Video – Lists his favorite movies and filmmakers.
  • Mailer, NormanVideo – The controversial writer in conversation with another controversial writer, Martin Amis. 1991.
  • Mailer, NormanVideo – Famously feuds with Gore Vidal on The Dick Cavett Show in 1971.
  • Mailer, Norman - Video – The great writer and boxing enthusiast revisits the Rumble in the Jungle: Muhammad Ali v. George Foreman.
  • Mandela, Nelson - Video – His first interview ever on TV. Recorded May, 1961.
  • Martin, Steve - Video – Brilliant comedian writes song for hymn-deprived atheists.
  • McFerrin, BobbyVideo – The singer shows the power of the pentatonic scale in a fun video.
  • McLuhan, MarshallVideo – The World is a Global Village.
  • Miller, Arthur - Video – The playwright (Death of a Salesman, The Crucible) talks about his experience with McCarthyism/anti-communism in America. 1971.
  • Miller, HenryVideo – The novelist Henry Miller (Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn), then 81 years old, reminisces about his difficult early life in New York.
  • Morrison, ToniVideo – Nobel Prize winning novelist Toni Morrison expands on the themes in her novel Love.
  • Morrison, ToniVideo/Audio – In conversation with Fran Lebowitz at the New York Public Library.
  • Morris, ErrolVideo/Audio – Filmmaker talks with Philip Gourevitch about what actually happened at Abu Ghraib prison.
  • Murray, BillVideo – The funny man reads poetry, including Billy Collins, at a construction site.
  • Murray, Bill - Video – Reads more Collins poetry (“Forgetfulness”) at the 16th Annual Poets House Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge.
  • Nabokov, Vladimir - Video – The Russian author marvels over different Lolita book covers.
  • Nabokov, VladimirAudio – In a series of BBC interviews from 1969, Nabokov talks about his view of other writers and the difference between genius and talent.
  • Nabokov, Vladimir - Video – A mid 1950s interview with Vladimir Nabokov and Lionel Trilling conducted soon after the publication of Lolita (1955).
  • Nabokov, VladimirAudio – Nabokov reads at The 92nd Street Y. Includes selections from Lolita and Pale Fire.
  • Newman, Paul - Video – Screentests for role in East of Eden with James Dean.
  • Newman, PaulVideo – The star hangs out with other iconic stars (Natalie Wood, Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, and Rock Hudson) at the beach in Malibu, 1965.
  • Nicholson, Jack - Video – The actor puts his money and star power behind hydrogen powered Chevys in 1978. And he drives one too.
  • O’Brien, Conan - Video – The red-headed comedian pays a hilarious visit to Google.
  • O’Brien, ConanVideo – Now delivers the Dartmouth commencement address, 2011. The best address of the year.
  • O’Connor, FlanneryAudio – Reads “A Good Man is Hard to Find” at Vanderbilt University, 1959.
  • O’Keeffe, Georgia - Video – Footage of the 92 year old Georgia O’Keeffe taken in and around her home in New Mexico.
  • Page, JimmyVideo – Jimmy Page, 13, Plays Guitar on BBC Talent Show (1957). Later becomes Led Zeppelin guitarist.
  • Page, Larry - Video – Google co-founder/CEO returns to U. Michigan to give 2009 commencement speech.
  • Can Darwin Take Us?
  • Pollock, JacksonVideo – The short film Jackson Pollock 51 features the abstract expressionist painter up close, painting on glass.
  • Pollan, Michael - Video – The bestselling food writer reads from his work, and is interviewed about his writing process.
  • Power, Samantha - Video – Harvard prof and Pulitzer Prize-winning author gives graduation speech at Pitzer, 2008.
  • Roth, PhilipVideo – The author of Portnoy’s Complaint dispels myths about aging.
  • Roth, PhilipVideo – The celebrated American novelist talks about the myths of aging.
  • Rowling, JK - Video – Author of the Harry Potter series imparts wisdom to Harvard’s graduating class in 2008.
  • Rowling, JK - Video – Gives a public reading of the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
  • Rushdie, SalmanVideo – A wide-ranging conversation with the Indian-British novelist best known for Midnight’s Children and Satanic Verses.
  • Rushdie, Salman - Video – Talks at Google about how he wrote his novel, The Enchantress of Florence: A Novel.
  • Rushdie, SalmanAudioVideo – In conversation with Jeffrey Eugenides, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist.
  • Russell, Bertrand - Video – The British philosopher sends a message to people living 1,000 years from now.
  • Russell, Bertrand - Video – Explains why he doesn’t believe in God.
  • Russell, Kurt - Video – Auditions for the role of Han Solo in Star Wars.
  • Sagan, Carl - Video – His last TV interview.
  • Sandel, Michael - Video – The Harvard philosopher on the lost art of democratic debate.
  • Sedaris, David - Audio – Reads “Solution to Saturday’s Puzzle” from When You Are Engulfed in Flames.
  • Searle, John Audio – The UC Berkeley philosopher offers three free courses online.
  • Seeger, Pete - Video – The great American folk singer talks about his classic song, Turn! Turn! Turn!.
  • Seeger, Pete - Video – The folk giant, at 91, performs BP protest song.
  • Segovia, Andrés - Video – Father of classical guitar plays one of his favorites, “The Legend of Asturias.”
  • Sellers, Peter - Video – The British comedian reads lyrics from The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night in Shakespearean mode. (1964)
  • Serling, RodVideo – The host/creator of The Twilight Zone tells students where ideas come from.
  • Shakespeare, William - Video – 20 minute video features Prof. Stanley Wells talking about the Cobbe portrait, and why it’s believed to present the real Shakespeare.
  • Silverstein, ShelVideo – The children’s author narrates a short film based on his famous book, The Giving Tree. (1964)
  • Simon, David - Video – The creator of The Wire sits down to talk with Bill Moyers.
  • Singer, Peter - Video – The Australian philosopher explains how greed drives us, and how it gave rise to the Wall Street meltdown.
  • Tarantino, Quentin - VideoPulp Fiction director lists his favorites films since 1992.
  • Taylor, ElizabethVideo – The young star appears on the long-running TV show, What’s My Line?, in 1954.
  • Tchaikovsky, PyotrAudio – The Russian composer’s voice captured on an Edison Cylinder (1890).
  • Thompson, Hunter S.Video – Gonzo journalist interviews Keith Richards. Not entirely coherently.
  • Thomas, Michael Tilson- Video – Director of San Francisco Symphony on “How Mahler Changed My Life.”
  • Tolkien, J.R.R.Video – The author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings appears in a BBC documentary.
  • Tolstoy, LeoVideo – Great footage of the last days of the towering Russian novelist. 1910.
  • Toscanini, ArturoVideo – Conducts Beethoven’s 5th at Carnegie Hall in 1952.
  • Twain, MarkVideo – America’s fabled writer captured on film by Thomas Edison in 1909.
  • Updike, JohnVideo – Appears on The Dick Cavett Show with John Cheever in 1981.
  • Updike, John - Video – Charles McGrath’s wide-ranging conversation with John Updike at the Times Center in New York on October 28, 2008.
  • Vidal, Gore - Video – Vidal and William F. Buckley going at it, almost coming to blows, during the contested presidential campaign of 1968.
  • Vonnegut, Kurt - Video – The writer sketches some brilliant blueprints for envisioning the “shape” of a story, all in less than 4 minutes and 37 seconds.
  • Vonnegut, Kurt - Video – Conducts unconventional interview in Second Life.
  • Waits, Tom - Video – The singer reads “The Laughing Heart” by Charles Bukowski.
  • Walken, ChristopherVideo – The much loved actor reads lines oh-so-dramatically from Lady Gaga’s Poker Face. Hysterical.
  • Wallace, David FosterAudio – A good soul has pulled together a series of audio recordings by David Foster Wallace.
  • Wallace, Mike - Video – Before 60 Minutes, Wallace ran his own interview show, talking with many celebrities.
  • Warhol, Andy - Video – In 1979, Warhol created public access television programs. In this episode, he chats with Bianca Jagger & Steven Spielberg.
  • Warhol, AndyVideo – The painter, who invented the expression “15 Minutes of Fame, “eats a hamburger in 4 minutes. (1982)
  • Waters, Muddy - Video – The blues legend sings “You Can’t Lose What You Ain’t Never Had” on The Blues & Gospel Train. (1964)
  • Wayne, JohnAudio – Great western star recites/interprets the Pledge of Allegiance.
  • Whitman, WaltAudio – An authentic wax cylinder recording of Whitman reading from his late poem ‘America’ that appeared in 1888.
  • Williams, William CarlosAudio – Abundant number of readings recorded during the 1940s and 50s.
  • Wonder, StevieVideo – Singer/songwriter Stevie Wonder premieres “Sketches of a Life,” a sprawling, hybrid pop-classical concerto, written between 1976 and 1994.
  • Wolff, TobiasVideo – The author/Stanford literature professor reads his short story “The Benefit of a Doubt.”
  • Wolff, TobiasVideo – One of our best short story writers in conversation with Tim O’Brien, author of The Things They Carried.
  • Woolf, VirginiaAudio – Recording comes from a 1937 BBC radio broadcast. The talk, entitled “Craftsmanship,” was part of a series called “Words Fail Me.” The only known recording of her voice.
  • Wright, Frank Lloyd - Video – The most important American architect of the last century appears on What’s My Line? in 1956.
  • X, MalcolmVideo – Debates at Oxford University in 1964 and makes great reference to Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
  • Zinn, Howard - Video – The people’s historian talks about wars and the role governments play in manufacturing them…
  • Zizek, Slavoj -Video – The influential philosopher/theorist explains the good karma of capitalism in an RSA animated video.

 

 

 
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